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My life has always been a continuous change in the last years but this year challenged me more than any other before. It is the first time I actually look forward to bringing this 2010 to an end. I talk about bureaucracy, taxes, insurance, invoices, fees, laws and all that shit. I never complained about my work, I can’t think of anything better than getting paid for what you can do best and what you love to do. I know that compared to many other jobs out there, I get paid very well. To make a living as an artist means that you must be a businessman and dealer as well. You make money with art, just like other “men in suits” make money with whatever they sell. So in the end you’re part of the system when you make money, and when you make money, the system wants you to pay for it. So pretty much half of what you earn is what you pay back if you go by the law.

It makes me wonder how you should build up your own business quickly if they make you pay back so much from the start.

It’s kinda absurd that by the end of the year you try not to earn much anymore because you know you’ll have to pay for it and that it doesn’t really pay off anymore. You wait for 2011 to write your invoices. A reason why I have to wait for a stupid counter to switch from 10 to 11 to rebuild things and start fresh again.

Beside all these money and bureaucracy issues, my personal relationships have been crazy too this year. I was on the highest heights and the lowest lows I can remember and it has been exhausting. This year had it all, it felt like 5.

So 2011 will start from a certain kind of zero again, just that 2010 made me a bit older.

  1. “it seems that some photographers who used film as a beautiful medium aren’t able to apply this aesthetic into digital. it’s not the first time i’ve seen this change in someone’s work and quite possibly a generation thing.”

    *like button*

    very nice sunday morning reading/viewing.

    *has questions but will ask privately*

    Comment by chris — December 12, 2010 @ 7:51 pm
  2. some amazing moments. here’s to 2011

    Comment by jared — December 12, 2010 @ 8:00 pm
  3. perfect

    Comment by menli — December 12, 2010 @ 8:16 pm
  4. Nice stories, nice photos. Awesome work as usual.

    Comment by Sandro — December 12, 2010 @ 8:20 pm
  5. You just described my year of 2010 as well…
    It’s so true that it feels like it was 5 years all crunched into 365 days, but I also cannot believe it’s just ending… It feels like just yesterday I was celebrating the new 2010… but this year has been a complete roller coaster and I wish nothing more than to start fresh again in 2011.

    (Enough with the rant)
    Berlin is an awesome city and I just want to go back…
    Amazing photos, as always! please never stop.

    Comment by akane — December 12, 2010 @ 8:26 pm
  6. Bravo as usual

    Comment by Cary — December 12, 2010 @ 8:29 pm
  7. Last photo is just awesome! I liked the whole entry very much though.

    Comment by david — December 12, 2010 @ 8:32 pm
  8. I agree with you on 2010, it feels like 5 years had passed. Crazy year. Insane photos in this entry- how much do you charge for prints?

    Comment by Thomas — December 12, 2010 @ 8:43 pm
  9. …Ken Follett war das am Flughafen…
    schöner entry!

    Comment by Anja — December 12, 2010 @ 8:52 pm
  10. very nice pictures!..once again.
    btw: I think the author is ken follett

    Comment by henning — December 12, 2010 @ 8:53 pm
  11. Beautifull photos! Keep up the good work! All the best!

    Comment by George Vintila — December 12, 2010 @ 9:11 pm
  12. Also, wiedermal sehr gut gelungen Severin!!!

    ich hätte da eine Frage: wo bestellst du deine Filme?
    übers internet oder kaufst du sie direkt in wien..

    würde mich um eine antwot freuen.


    Comment by franz — December 12, 2010 @ 9:19 pm
  13. Weiter so. Ich freu mich immer wieder, wenn es einen neuen Blogeintrag von Dir gibt.

    Comment by Arne — December 12, 2010 @ 10:21 pm
  14. Scrolling through these pictures feels like reading a story … You know there are the pictures that are the sentences that just fill it up with matter and then there are those which stand on their own!

    This is an awesome summary of a year and inspires me to do the same.

    Your comments on the photos really helped keeping the story flowing. They were reflective at times and evaluative but kept ever so much the street feel as well as the intimacy of the photos. I find myself often wondering “should I take a picture or rather concentrate on listening to the story that someone is telling me” :-)

    Comment by Konstantin — December 12, 2010 @ 10:23 pm
  15. Lovely =) already looking forward for the next blog post.

    I’ve been watching your old blog. You certainly evolved pretty much (glad that you left using apx 100 xD). That’s what i need to do, shoot shoot shoot, just like you. Practice makes perfection.

    Thank you for the inspiration.

    Comment by Vitor Silva — December 12, 2010 @ 10:42 pm
  16. und wieder eine geile portraitserie zum schluss hin :)

    Comment by simon — December 12, 2010 @ 10:43 pm
  17. Great stuff as always.

    Can’t wait to see what happens next year.

    Keep at it and hope your luck turns around.

    Comment by Dmitry — December 12, 2010 @ 10:46 pm
  18. Thanks for inspiring the rest of us to not leave the cameras at home.

    Comment by Jeff — December 13, 2010 @ 3:38 am
  19. It’s funny that you shot the people to the edge of the platform in the subway. I never got why people stood so close either. I captured a similar shot a few weeks ago with my rangefinder. I haven’t developed it yet though. I always stand in the middle or walk the platform looking for photos. Great post this month Sev. Keep shooting man.


    Comment by Dwayne — December 13, 2010 @ 3:53 am
  20. Made my day to see a new post from you!
    Had a question about the Vimeo video you had embedded in there…
    Do you often shoot a partial roll and then re-load and finish it later?
    Looks like you do that in the video when you’re loading the new roll (nice technique of covering the lens, winding and firing by the way).
    You mention it again with the last series of Sophie.
    …just curious.

    Comment by Aaron — December 13, 2010 @ 4:25 am
  21. You photos never fail to amaze me! wonderful and inspiring work: it is driving me towards a 100% black and white photography style :)

    Comment by Stefano — December 13, 2010 @ 9:35 am
  22. Great post!
    I’ve been lurking around your site for some time. And it was actually one of the things that inspired me to get a rangefinder. (: So it’s always a lot of inspiration and fun to see a new post being made.
    Hope things will improve for you next year!

    Best of light,

    Comment by tanker — December 13, 2010 @ 10:02 am
  23. mit der richtigen musik (zazie von einem anderen stern) konnte ich so richtig in deine bildserie eintauchen und einen einblick in dein 2010 genießen. danke für die einmaligen 20 minuten, die du mir damit geschenkt hast. durch diese serie empfand ich ein gefühl, das ich schon lange nicht mehr gespürt hatte. gänsehaut, gepaart mit großartigen emotionen.

    Comment by patrick — December 13, 2010 @ 10:34 am
  24. Wiedermal ganz tolle Fotos und Momente.

    Comment by Roland — December 13, 2010 @ 12:04 pm
  25. Had a blast reading this while at work…
    You continue to inspire me and many other photographers. Great work.

    Comment by Sonny Thakur — December 13, 2010 @ 1:11 pm
  26. looks like simon had some good influences on you =)

    the last photo is very zombie movie.

    good work and cheers!

    Comment by kipkeston — December 13, 2010 @ 9:04 pm
  27. I love your blog it really inspires me to work harder recording the streets of my hometown, I’m looking at getting myself a 35mm M camera but which I really don’t no any suggestions !!! thanks again for a great post…

    Comment by Ryan Peacock — December 14, 2010 @ 11:55 am
  28. Sigh indeed!
    Interesting sequence of great photographs, really outstanding work.. It always makes me want to dash out of my office and take pictures.

    Comment by Andreios — December 14, 2010 @ 1:36 pm
  29. wiedereinmal ein geiler eintrag mit ein paar wirklich “schoarfe” fotos :)

    Comment by haemma — December 14, 2010 @ 3:35 pm
  30. Taschenhunde sind die einzige Innovation mit der die Tiere in den letzten Jahren aufwarten konnten, die Gfrasta.

    Comment by fr. — December 14, 2010 @ 7:24 pm
  31. The author looks like it might be Irish author/poet and Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney…

    Comment by Mark — December 14, 2010 @ 10:28 pm
  32. this blog entry took me about an hour but it was totally worth it! it’s funny that I met the same crazy woman talking nonsense in u6 about a week ago – though I put on my headphones she just kept telling her story…. a weird one.

    Comment by Andy — December 15, 2010 @ 12:22 pm
  33. Great work! I love Berlin. I don’t go there very often, but I thing on your pictures you showed it the way it really is.

    Comment by Keek — December 15, 2010 @ 8:40 pm
  34. I check your blog all the time now. I’m going to study in Vienna this upcoming March until nearly August. I’ve never been. Your blog gets me excited. Nervous, too, because everything looks so much more beautiful than me, and scared as well.

    Mostly excited.

    Comment by madison — December 16, 2010 @ 6:25 am
  35. Story telling at its best. You’re a real master.

    Comment by Markus — December 16, 2010 @ 9:23 pm
  36. Ich liebe deine Bilder, ABER zu der sache mit dem Berliner Kellner. Er hat leider Recht. In Deutschland muss man vorher fragen ob man jemanden fotografieren darf. Deswegen gibt es auch kaum Streetfotografie in Deutschland. Recht am eigenen Bild halt.

    Comment by Niklas — December 16, 2010 @ 9:29 pm
  37. This blog is the most beautiful artwork I’ve ever seen. Every entry is an exhibition.

    Thank you

    Comment by Marián — December 16, 2010 @ 11:21 pm
  38. How much for a print?

    Great entry and stories yet again.

    Comment by Pekka — December 17, 2010 @ 11:36 pm
  39. I know what you mean about 2010. I, too, had the lowest lows and some (certainly not the highest) highs in 2010.

    Here is to a better 2011. Keep up the good work.

    Comment by Dude — December 19, 2010 @ 12:25 am
  40. you’re the best.

    Comment by RM — December 19, 2010 @ 12:42 am
  41. very nice works, great blog as usual. take care

    Comment by Edgar — December 19, 2010 @ 1:44 am
  42. New born, change of faith … I’d love to know the story behind these stunning pics :-)

    Comment by Celeste — December 19, 2010 @ 7:30 pm
  43. Another fantastic set of photos – truly inspiring!

    Gives me something to aspire to with my own photography (note that I did not say “successfully aspire to”…!)

    Comment by Joel — December 21, 2010 @ 11:49 am
  44. Great set man, really like it!

    Comment by Pedro Cardigo — December 22, 2010 @ 11:27 pm
  45. Good luck in 2011 Severin!

    For your interest….


    Comment by Michael Wilson — December 25, 2010 @ 7:53 am
  46. this is brilliant, as always. love it

    Comment by tom — December 25, 2010 @ 11:48 pm
  47. Great work

    Something about this one is just amazing:

    Comment by Harry Murdoch — December 31, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
  48. Always been very impressed with your photos since I discovered your blog back in 2009. I don’t know how you do it but it is kind of addictive (sometimes I feel a little bit like a voyeur of your life… and makes me feel bad. jajaja!)
    I love the picutre ” you can turno the computer off now” and the one of a dude “shooting” another one with his fingers on the train platform”.
    Although I have to admit I keep going back to yout last 2 entries of New York. Maybe it is the magic of that city but I have to admit I am impressed by the great pictures you got in a place you were not familiar. I supose that’s what I admire most.
    Hope everything is alright and 2011 does’t make you older in a bad sense.

    Comment by Salvador — December 31, 2010 @ 7:07 pm
  49. For the past months I got a not found error on your blog. Glad to see I can follow again :)

    *finishes reading*

    *grabs Xtol*

    Comment by tanczos andras — January 4, 2011 @ 12:14 pm
  50. Many great shots. Enjoyed following your journey through Berlin. Keep up the good work.

    Comment by Alexej T. — January 6, 2011 @ 3:53 pm
  51. http://severinkoller.at/blog/wp-content/gallery/dez2010_wien03/Img27341s.jpg

    Can I have a slightly bigger version of this? I want to make it my laptop wallpaper! So gorgeous

    Comment by James — January 6, 2011 @ 6:39 pm
  52. I’ve been inspired by your work mate. Keep doing what you’re doing.

    Comment by Dude — January 13, 2011 @ 12:46 am
  53. ME LIKE !

    Comment by ludl — January 14, 2011 @ 8:01 pm
  54. Hi,
    I just discovered your excellent work. One word : wow ! This is excellent !
    Continue this. It rocks !

    Comment by Olivier — January 16, 2011 @ 10:58 pm
  55. Hey Severin,

    Großartige Fotos. Besonders das von dem Jungen mit der Mickey Mouse. Warte schon auf den nächsten Post.

    Grüße aus Mainz/ Deutschland!


    Comment by Philipp Masur — January 18, 2011 @ 6:13 pm
  56. Hey Severin,

    I watched the documentary about street photography (documenting the human condition) where you were featured. And that made me look for you on the internet. I love the little moments you capture: especially your subway pictures. Do you shoot them from the hip or do you actually raise the camera to your eye. Because it takes real balls to do that! And I also admire you for using mostly film for your street photography: it really does have that special look, especially in black and white, and the grain too! I hope to see more of your stuff soon!


    Comment by Lauri Saksa — January 24, 2011 @ 10:29 pm
  57. I love your work, but I especially love the captions and stories. It makes it even better.

    Comment by Lainer — October 26, 2011 @ 6:31 am
  58. Wow, einfach geile Dokumentationen.

    Comment by Sebastian — December 31, 2011 @ 12:19 am

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